The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Education Reimbursement Opportunity

This is a limited time offer available from January 2017 through April 20, 2017.

This is your chance to apply for funds to support you in continuing your education and working towards a Gateways Credential or early childhood degree.  Any educator working in an Illinois early learning program is eligible to apply regardless of the setting, including Preschool for All, Early Head Start / Head Start, Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes.

You can apply for up to $503 per credit hour towards tuition and fees for coursework taken in Fall 2016 or Winter/Spring/Summer 2017. In addition, you can apply for up to $1,000 to repay an outstanding debt to an Illinois college or university that may be preventing you from enrolling in courses or receiving your transcript. All educators working in an Illinois early learning program are welcome to apply, however priority will be given to the following groups:

  • Individuals who can demonstrate substantial progress toward a Gateways Credential or Degree by December of 2017.
  • Preschool for All teacher assistants pursuing a degree path that leads to a Professional Educator License with a Bilingual or ESL Endorsement.
  • Individuals pursuing a Gateways Infant Toddler Credential.
  • Individuals participating in a structured cohort sponsored by an Institution of Higher Education or local collaboration.

Please be aware that because funds are limited, not all reimbursement requests will be granted.


To apply for this limited opportunity use the applications below.  Ensure that you review and complete each section, and send any required information with your applications. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be returned by mail to the applicant, highlighting what is incomplete.   

Education Reimbursement Schedule

January 2017 – April 20, 2017 – Applications accepted and checked for completeness
April 2017 – May 2017 – Applications reviewed and prioritized
June 2017 – Reimbursement eligibility announced
June 2017 – Reimbursement checks released
No reimbursement payments will be made until June 2017

Still have questions?  Take a moment to read the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant Education Reimbursement Opportunity Frequently Asked Questions

Please be aware that because funds are limited, not all reimbursement requests will be granted.

 

 

Gateways to Opportunity is funded by public and private support including the McCormick Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation,    


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